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After the debacle of my last attempt at making a Smurf Chapter I've decided that loyalists are boring. I've now decided either to make mine a renegade Chapter who, while still loyal to the Emperor, are dead against the Imperium, seeing it as a corruption of the Emperor's Will. They are the only ones who can save Mankind from itself, and this belief has led them to exile on a small planet amidst the Hell-Stars, just beyond reach of the Imperium. They survive by raiding for supplies and much-needed chemotherapy drugs, and also maintain a supply of geneseed at their newly-constructed (i.e cobbled together) Bastion with which they implant "recruits". Their vehicles and heavy weapons stocks are dwindling badly due to neglect, although they're got a lot of chainswords
I've been through most of the sources including the Index Astartes, and from what I can see this scenario isn't that far-fetched. If it is, then I might just sod it all and go for a Legion of the Damned force, since then I can pretty much do whatever I want with them and shroud them in mystery
It's a nice idea so far, but it could do with a lot more flesh to it.
Something to give the chapter a bit of history could be that instead of just running away and botching together a base, they established links with the local population beforehand and have used it before. This works particularly well if the chapter was a crusading (ie fleet-based) chapter before it went renegade.
Good start, very Farsightesque, but needs more detail. Things like where they were/what they did before they went renegade that still defines them and/or made them go renegade, what there doctrine is/was, etc etc. They need a context, but are otherwise fine.
Pfft. Nothing wrong with it far as I can see.
This Bastion place would have to be pretty much on the fringes of the galaxy, though, to avoid detection. If they're Ultramarine descendants, find that galactic map of the Imperium (google image search "Imperium") and pick an empty-looking spot on the Eastern Fringe.
You could even have them masquerade as loyalist Marines when necessary, to scare the crap out of the Imperial Guard. I read a bit of fiction where a Thousand Sons warforce pretended to be a SM chapter called the Sapphire Knights and managed to bypass virtually the entirety of a planet's orbital defences, destroy a Sisters of Battle fortress and chaulk it up to the "invading Chaos forces" who they arrived to fight, and then abduct and possess the planetary governor before declaring that they had defeated the Chaos forces and leaving. They were allowed passage off-world, with a daemon in the place of the planetary governor and one of the system's most prominent Ordo Hereticus bastions in ruins. They didn't suffer a casualty.
So yeah, if soulless ashen automatons can pretend to be Space Marines, your little renegades shouldn't have much trouble.
Last edited by ze_poodle; April 23rd, 2006 at 02:16.
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It's not far-fetched at all, reminds me of the Soul Drinkers.